Carrington College - "Carrington College Squirrel" - (2012) :30 (USA)
Award-winning animation and visual effects studio Hinge Digital recently teamed up with BVK to create a clever series of advertisements for Carrington College. The integrated campaign includes two animated and live-action broadcast spots, as well as three online outtakes, 24 print ads, plush toys and more, which all showcase original character designs by Hinge Digital’s talented team of artists. “Carrington College Squirrel,” the first :30 campaign promo, introduces new Carrington bird mascots, Goldie and Blue, and is now airing on TV, with a live-action spot to follow in September. Comedic outtakes from the project are also available to view online here: http://hingedigital.com/work/#carrington.
Under the direction of Hinge Digital’s Alex Tysowsky, a 30-person crew delivered multiple pieces of the campaign from concepting and storyboarding to character design and modeling, animation, VFX, editing and more – all within less than three months. The team faced a number of complex animation challenges throughout, especially in making the characters stand out without dialog and adapting design elements to ensure they would work across all facets of the campaign.
“Truly unique, the first ad introduces Goldie and Blue for the first time without any dialog, so our animation really had to drive the story. The success of the entire campaign hinged on our ability to visually convey the story through our animation on this first spot,” said Alex Tysowsky, director, Hinge Digital. “Adding to the challenge, we had to carefully design the characters to work graphically across multiple platforms: TV, twitter, pens, plush animals, billboards.”
In “Carrington College Squirrel,” an amiable squirrel atop a tree sees three other squirrels on a neighboring tree indulging in acorns – representative of the student demographic. Intent on joining them, he edges out to the end of the branch, but one look down below petrifies him, and he returns to the base of the tree defeated. Goldie and Blue, symbolizing Carrington career counselors, appear and encourage him to take a leap of faith. After confiding in Goldie and Blue, he musters the courage to leap across – joining his friends. Outtakes of the spot, which started airing at the end of August on Carrington’s website, offer an uncut, insider’s look behind the shoot.
“The creative process on this project ran smooth. BVK came up with the initial concept but gave us the freedom to design these characters and bring them to life in an interesting way that would translate across the campaign; it was pure magic,” said Hinge Digital VFX Supervisor Michael Kuehn. “When you run through dailies with a client and receive a genuine positive, passionate reaction to the characters you’ve worked so hard to create, that's a great feeling.”
BVK Art Director Ryan Smith shared, “Hinge Digital offers the right mix of creative talent, artistry and technology that this sort of campaign requires. They were there for us throughout the entire creative process and played an integral role in developing loveable, believable characters that carry this campaign.”
Hinge Digital leveraged a variety of technology throughout the project including proprietary plug-ins, Maya for 3D animation, Shave and a Haircut, Mari for 3D painting, Nuke for compositing, Mudbox and ZBrush for modeling, headus UVLayout, mental ray and SquidNet for rendering, as well as Shotgun, Revolver, Tweak RV and cineSync.
About Hinge Digital
Based in Portland, Oregon, Hinge Digital is an award-winning animation and visual effects studio providing comprehensive creative services across the film, television and commercial industries – from strategy, concept design and storyboarding through to animation, visual effects and more. Home to more than six decades of feature film and commercial talent from prestigious studios such as Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, LAIKA Entertainment and Double Negative Visual Effects, Hinge Digital comprises an accomplished team of passionate creatives and solution-oriented technical artists, industry standard tools and a robust infrastructure.
Hinge Digital has collaborated with agencies like BVK, draftfcb, Doner, Razorfish, AKQA, CAHG, BooneOakley, and Zimmerman Advertising to deliver broadcast, interactive and print work for clients such as Carrington, Carfax, Nike, Merck, Adidas, Minute Maid, Microsoft, The UPS Store, COX Communications, Target and more. For more information, please visit http://www.hingedigital.com/.
Producer: Terri Burmester
Art Director: Ryan Smith
Copywriter: Seth Gordon
Creative Director: Gary Mueller
CLIENT: Carrington College
Animation/Visual Effects/Post: Hinge Digital
Director: Alex Tysowsky
VFX Supervisor: Michael Kuehn
Producer: Laura Schultz
Executive Producer: Roland Gauthier
Editor: JD Dawson
Comp Supervisor: J Bills
Lighting Supervisor: Frank Ritlop
Live Action Director: Devon Lyon, Lyon Films
Live Action DP: Bryce Fortner
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